Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Community Colleges Millages and Legislation that will Affect Public Schools

Grand Rapids Community College is Considering a millage for capital expenses.  Community colleges have in the past requested millages for Operating Expenses, but now that they are funded through the School Aid Fund, they are not requesting more dollars for this.  We need to be aware of the community colleges because while they have traditionally been public schools allies public schools are now competing with community colleges for state dollars.  Also, from a local control issue, legislation is proposed to remove the geographic catchment area for community colleges which will take local control away from locally elected officials at our local community colleges.